Monday, February 22, 2010
Physics and the Human Brain
The Santa Fe Institute and The Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study are doing cutting edge work in exploring the Physics of the computer known as the human brain. Since Santa Fe is better known, I include the first two paragraphs from the Wikipedia entry for Krasnow (just outside of Washington, D.C.), below.
I and some of this blog's readers are interested in other places on our planet doing similar work. Biology, it has been said, is 200 years ahead of physics at the current time.
Thanks to Chemistry. Thanks to Computers. All thanks to Physics. ;-) Enjoy:
The Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study brings together researchers from many disciplines to study the phenomenon known as mind. An academic unit of George Mason University, the Institute for Advanced Study also serves as a center for doctoral education in such areas as neuroscience and computational social science. Research at the Institute is funded by agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense.
The Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study of George Mason University was chartered in 1990 as a result of a bequest from Shelley Krasnow, a long-time resident of the National Capital Area. The work of the Institute began in 1993 with a scientific conference, co-sponsored with The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) and hosted at George Mason University. This conference on "The Mind, the Brain, and Complex Adaptive Systems" brought together an unusual group of scientists including two Nobel laureates (Murray Gell-Mann and Herbert Simon) and produced new approaches to this frontier in addition to a book published by SFI.
These efforts set the Institute on the path of human cognition within the context of this nexus: the intersection of neuroscience, cognitive psychology and computer sciences. (emphasis mine)